One thing we have learned this year during the pandemic is to expect the unexpected and to prepare yourself for anything. Whether you already own a pair of prescription glasses or wear contact lenses full-time, it’s always a great idea to have a spare pair of glasses on hand when the unexpected does happen. Now, more than ever, our lifestyles require our eyes to work in overdrive. If you are working from home, your screen time might have increased drastically. Maybe your dog chewed up your glasses. There are several benefits to having a spare pair of specs in your car, handbag, or at home. Here are five situations where owning more than one pair of glasses will ensure your vision is never jeopardized.
Contact Lenses Are Irritating Your Eyes
What happens if your contact lenses irritate your eyes, you can’t wear them because of an infection, or you’re going on a trip and one of your lenses falls out of your eye and tears? Making the plunge and purchasing a pair of glasses is a great idea for contact lens wearers. Any of these situations can arise, and it’s also great to give your eyes a break from contact lenses every once in a while. You should also be protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so keeping a stylish pair of sunglasses nearby is a must for contact lens wearers.
Your Glasses Are Bent, Broken, or Lost
Accidents happen. It might seem like the most practical reason to own more than one pair of glasses, but not always thought of. It’s not uncommon for even the highest-quality pair of glasses to break when stepped on, sat on, or dropped. Maybe you checked your case or the nightstand and they are nowhere to be found. If you’re a parent, playing with your child could even result in a bent pair of glasses. Whatever scenario you run into, accidents do happen and it’s always smart to have a spare pair of glasses until you can get your broken pair repaired or replaced.
You Need Glasses for Work, Sports, or Fashion
The glasses you purchase might be dependent on your lifestyle. Do you work in an occupation that requires safety glasses? Do you play a contact sport? Do you like having different options for your outfits? All of these are great reasons to get that additional pair next time you’re in one of our opticals. If you play basketball, football, or another contact sport, it’s important to have a spare pair of sports safety eyewear to keep your eyes protected. More than 40,000 eye injuries are caused by sports each year and over 90 percent of those could be preventable by wearing protective eyewear.
Glasses are also considered a staple of fashion. They are available in different shapes, colors, and brands. You can match your eyewear with your outfits or your mood. There are endless possibilities, and it’s even commonplace to own a pair of non-prescription glasses just for looks.
You’re Spending More Time In Front of a Screen
Increased screen time has become a part of our daily lives, especially during the pandemic. Our methods of communication have changed over the past eight months to Zoom meetings and FaceTime calls with family and friends. Too much screen time can cause your eyes to become strained and irritated, but there are solutions to relieve the stress on your peepers. Customized lenses are available that can make screen time more comfortable for your eyes. Our customized lenses include:
- Great for up-close work
- Enhanced comfort during prolonged screen time
- Can be used all-day
- Fully customized for your prescription
- Customized for near to intermediate work
- Available for book reading, computer use at a desk, and close-range activities in a room
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- Reduces eye strain, blurred vision, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia
Other options like glare-free technology, polarized sunglasses, single vision, and progressive lenses are available. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about which option will work best for your lifestyle. Adding an extra pair of glasses or sunglasses to your daily routine is not only convenient but can be beneficial for your eye health.
If you’re considering purchasing additional pairs of glasses and/or sunglasses, you’ll find a wide range of brands and styles of eyewear in our opticals, from designer brands like Ray-Ban and Calvin Klein to our economy line for a more affordable selection. Also, don’t forget to check our promotions page for deals on glasses and lenses. Be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to make sure you have an updated prescription and are choosing the best lenses for your lifestyle. We’re here to help!